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Rainbow in Black & White

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 5 December 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is Skógafoss - an enormous waterfall on the south coast of Iceland. The waterfall is about 25m wide with a drop of about 60m (200ft).

As I walked closer to the waterfall the volume of spray intensified and the rainbow you can see in the photo eventually formed a complete circle with my own shadow in the middle. You should just be able to see my shadow against the black volcanic colour of the ground.

There's another photo of this amazing waterfall here which will give you a better idea of it's true size:

NIKON D800 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 100 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

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JacklineG from Béarn, France

Toujours aussi belle cette cascade ! et tellement heureuse des belles photos que tu fais d'elle qu'elle t'offre un arc en ciel pour toi tout seul ! ... ;-) Bonne journée Ian

5 Dec 2012 5:57am

@JacklineG: Thanks Jackline!

tom from Germany

Lovely shot. However, the rainbow doesn't come across very clearly. For the rainbow a colored version might work better.

5 Dec 2012 6:54am

@tom: Thanks Tom - one of the things that I really like about b&w photography is that it makes you think more carefully about the photo.

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Great you're the absolute center of the perfect circle.

5 Dec 2012 7:14am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard - I was a very wet centre of that circle as the spray from the waterfall was all-enveloping. It certainly made the photography interesting!

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Clever idea, lovely presentation too

5 Dec 2012 7:41am

@Richard: Thanks Richard!

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Stunning beauty !

5 Dec 2012 9:25am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

perfect photo

5 Dec 2012 11:16am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great b&w again !

5 Dec 2012 11:38am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

what a great light with this perfect arc ! Annierita

5 Dec 2012 12:14pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom


5 Dec 2012 12:49pm

mehdi ab from tehran, Iran

well done

5 Dec 2012 2:25pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Wonderful! I like the square format, it's original.

5 Dec 2012 3:22pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

This is magical. Good find and an even better execution.

5 Dec 2012 4:27pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Wow I would never of considered a rainbow in mono, but it works and it does feel magic

5 Dec 2012 5:20pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

interesting ! :)

5 Dec 2012 6:23pm

bet365 from Hungary

great b/w work. BRAVO . fantastic shot

5 Dec 2012 10:55pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic! the arc of the rainbow looks really great and your shadow also adds something different to the composition!

6 Dec 2012 2:02am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

7 Dec 2012 6:29pm

1/200 second
ISO 100
16 mm (35mm equiv.)